Tomorrow’s sanitiser dispensers

SEKO informs us about the limits of current sanitiser dispensers, and how technology will shape future dispensers.

Post-COVID-19, regular hand disinfection has become a normal part of our daily habits. Many building operators have responded to the surge in demand for sanitiser dispensers by installing traditional 1L light-duty units or pelican pumps, placed on counters and tabletops.

Unfortunately, a number of limitations mean that such systems are unsuitable for the increased demand we are seeing as part of the ‘new normal’:

Low capacity: A conventional 1L dispenser provides just 1000 doses of sanitiser on average, meaning that in sites with medium to high foot traffic, cleaning staff can’t possibly manage the constant replenishment required and dispensers will regularly run dry.

Reliance on batteries: In order to power touch-free dosing, standard-sized automatic dispensers rely on batteries which must be changed regularly, with maintenance personnel unaware that batteries are low until they run out and render the unit inactive. Therefore, in large office buildings, supermarkets and conference centres, managing battery replacement effectively is unrealistic which means dispensers are often left out of service for extended periods.

Unhygienic: Conventional non-electric dispensers such as pelican pumps – which require users to manually deliver sanitiser via a push button – carry a significant hygiene risk, as the surface of the unit may harbour and transfer viruses to subsequent users.

High maintenance requirement: In busy locations such as theme parks, dispensers are vulnerable to improper use such as excessive force from impatient visitors, which can cause the spring-loaded pump to prematurely degrade and fail. Along with an increased maintenance requirement, this can result in sanitiser leakage which not only wastes product but leads to unsightly mess, reducing user satisfaction.

Excessive chemical consumption: Despite manual dispensers delivering a pre-set quantity of sanitiser, such systems are prone to chemical wastage as users may press the dispensing button multiple times in order to receive more product. Across a large site, excessive sanitiser consumption adds up to a significant added cost, while this limitation exacerbates the low-capacity problem faced by conventional systems.

Clearly, conventional dispensers are too restrictive for the needs of the ‘new normal’, so what are manufacturers doing to solve this, and what advancements are being made to bring additional benefits to operators?

Larger capacity: The most advanced hand sanitiser dispensers allow up to 25L of sanitiser to be connected – equating to 25,000


doses on average. This vastly reduces the replenishment rate for even the busiest sites to daily or even weekly refills, significantly easing pressure on maintenance personnel and allowing operators to allocate staff elsewhere or downsize the workforce.

Mains or battery powered: With some systems connecting to mains electricity, operators are freed of their reliance on single-use batteries and the associated maintenance costs, guaranteeing continuous use and removing the environmental impact of battery disposal.

Touchless technology: Automatic sensor-activated delivery maximises hand hygiene and user safety, helping prevent the transmission of viruses while offering convenience and reassurance.

This technology also guarantees that users receive the correct quantity of sanitiser every time, ensuring proper hand sanitisation while reducing the wastage associated with manually-operated units.

Remote access: IoT-ready (Internet of Things) dispensers such as SEKO’s DispenserONE range allow operators to track usage, check chemical level, view operational status and schedule maintenance from anywhere via PC, laptop or smart device.

The freedom to manage their dispenser from any location means operators working from home can view data and make adjustments immediately, and minimise costly unplanned downtime by identifying and correcting issues before they lead to system failure.

DispenserONE boasts these features and more for a permanent, ultra-reliable solution to hand hygiene provision that allows operators to safely open their doors to staff and customers alike, post-COVID.

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